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Succulent Centerpiece

Learn how to design and plant your own living succulent centerpiece using gorgeous, fresh succulents. Hardy and water-wise, succulents are perfect for our wild Colorado climate. The diversity of shapes and textures will set your imagination on fire! We discuss succulent care, propagation techniques, varieties of succulents and principles of design. Some fun, reflective wordplay awakens our creative soul. Push pause on the hustle and take a few hours to play with succulents. You will rediscover your creative spirit (its in there, I promise!) and take home your own living succulent centerpiece to enjoy. Note: Instructor provides 5 specialty succulents, a 6-inch container, soil and tools. Please bring a journal and pen. If you would like to personalize your creation, please bring seedpods, shells, dried flowers, sea glass, additional succulents or other special small objects of your choice.

 

Price:$69, $64 member

Instructor: Christine Bayles Kortsch, PhD, is the writer, designer, and photographer behind Tiny Dino Worlds: Create Your Own Prehistoric Habitats (forthcoming with Roost Books, spring 2020). She has published essays on family and gardening in Taproot and 5280 Magazine. You may have read her interview in VoyageDenver or seen her succulent designs in The Denver Post. Christine holds a PhD in English Literature, and she teaches writing at the Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design. Her Ink & Stem Workshops (combining creative writing with succulent and terrarium design) have been named one of the “top 38 cool classes for adults” by 5280 Magazine. Christine is a gentle and enthusiastic teacher with a deep passion for inspiring people to fight for beauty in their everyday lives.

Sunrise Vinyasa Yoga at the Gardens

Looking for an amazing place to practice your yoga skills, how about the beautiful Denver Botanic Gardens?

Vinyasa yoga weaves beautiful movement with challenging postures, and cultivates a sense of peace and calm by the end of each yoga class. Practicing vinyasa yoga on a daily basis can improve posture, flexibility, and endurance. Beyond the physical benefits, yoga helps to bring a sense of clarity to challenging situations in life, reminds us to stay present and focused in an ever-changing environment, and can help us find happiness and contentment in our surroundings.

The postures practiced in this challenging class will promote alignment, flexibility, focus, endurance and help detoxify the body.

 

Instructor: Blake Burger

Skill level: All levels welcome

Price: $12, $10 members

Special Instructions: Please bring a mat, a towel and water. Walk-ins are welcome for members or non-members! Please bring cash if possible but credit cards are also accepted. Location will vary depending on temperature and time of year.

 

SCHEDULE DETAILS:

October 1, 2018- May 14, 2019 (7:30 - 8:30am): Enter through the gate on the east side of York St and yoga will be in the Morrison Center.

May 15, 2019 - September 30, 2019 (8-9am): Enter through the Pinon Gate on the west side of York Street. In the late summer and fall, class will meet in the UMB Bank Amphitheater. When it is chilly, we will meet in the Orangery (front of the greenhouse complex). There will be signs starting from the after-hours entrance on the north side of the main entry that will direct participants.

October 1, 2019 - Dec 31, 2019 (7:30 - 8:30am): Enter through the gate on the east side of York St and yoga will be in the Morrison Center.

 

 

Photo: Perfecto Insecto (Flickr)

Sustainable Greenhouse Design

Rocky Mountain Gardening Elective

Have you ever wondered if a greenhouse that needs NO supplemental heating or cooling could be made? The answer is yes!

No more over-heating and freezing in all-glazed greenhouses. The sustainable design balances the use of thermal mass, glazing, insulation and sun angles to achieve the stabilization needed in our extreme climate without the use of fossil fuels. Learn how to design a sustainable greenhouse from the ground up, using salvaged or new materials to achieve the look and performance you want. You can also use these techniques to improve an existing greenhouse.

This class is a comprehensive look at how passive solar greenhouses work and covers topics such as how to orient the building, basic principles of passive solar design including the use of stored water as thermal mass, simple math formulas to help guide your design, a materials list and drawings and calculations for a 13’ x 15’ greenhouse.

In 2000, the Parmenters built their first greenhouse out of 90% recycled materials on top of an 8,120 ft. elevation decomposed granite mountain. Since then, they have designed and built many more and are ready to share what they have learned about state-of-the-art materials and cost-saving strategies. Lose yourself in a year round garden sanctuary.

 

Price: $160, $150 members

Instructors: Penn and Cord Parmenter are high altitude food growers. They live in the Wet Mountains in South Central Colorado and they apply a multitude of techniques to overcome the challenges of the high country. Their totally sustainable greenhouse provides food year round for them and their three boys.

 

Teaching Plants from Root to Seed

Discover methods of integrating plant science into your classroom curriculum with a detailed look at what each plant part does. Also learn about plant classification and experience hands-on activities that you can easily transfer to your classroom.

 

$55 member, $65 nonmember.

 

One-half semester hour of graduate level relicensure credit from the Colorado School of Mines is available on the day of the class for an additional $40.

 

Textures in Watercolor Pencil

Explore the versatility of watercolor pencils. Begin with color studies to explore the qualities of watercolor pencils as they translate from pencil into liquid color. Experiment with graphite, ink and colored pencil as complementary media. These new skills are used to create a finished botanical plate in this fresh and fluid medium.

 

Prerequisites: Light on Form, Color Mixing, Color Layering for Colored Pencil.

 

Fee: $260 member, $310 non-member.

 

Date(s): Mon, Oct. 28, Nov. 4, 11, 18, 25, 9 a.m. – noon

 

Instructor: Renee Jorgensen

The Ins, Outs, Ups & Downs of Prairie Dogs

Presented and Managed by the City of Aurora

Have you ever been curious about those mound-building rodents you sometimes see around Aurora? Whether you think they are cute or a nuisance, there is no denying that they play a big role in shaping the prairie. Participate in an informative presentation on prairie dogs followed by a wagon tour of the Plains Conservation Center. Appropriate for ages 12 and up.

The City of Aurora's Parks, Recreation & Open Space department's mission is to encourage active lifestyles and create healthy environments for people, nature and community.

Date: September 22, 2019

Time: 2 p.m.

Price: $10

Location: Plains Conservation Center, 21901 E. Hampden Avenue, Aurora, CO 80013 Phone 303-326-8380

 

Tibetan Singing Bowls Concert

Denver yoga instructor and sound healer Chris Anne Coviello and her husband Jason Coviello will be performing together to bring you this experience. The concert will begin with Jason playing his Hang Drum which is a very rare steel drum that is made by only two people in the world. Some say it sounds like a stringed instrument. Jason's Hang Drum is tuned to the note that vibrationally corresponds to the heart chakra and when he plays the drum, he takes you on a heart-opening journey.

Jason and Chris Anne will then begin playing the singing bowls which are tuned to all the different musical notes that correspond to the different chakras, so they will balance the energy in the body. And since we are made up of mostly water, the vibrational effect will be a full body cellular massage.

Tibetan Singing bowls have been used for thousands of years as instruments of healing. So come relax and close your eyes and drift into an altered state which facilitates the body to heal. Make sure you wear comfy clothes and bring a yoga mat or blanket so that you may lie down and let the bells carry away with them all that no longer serves you. As your chakra's re-align, breathe peace and enter the profound state of physical-mental and emotional well-being. Leave as if you were 10 lbs. lighter, because that is exactly what will happen as the pounds of stress, anxiety and fear melt from your system.

 

Price: $18, $15 members

Special Instructions: No children under twelve years of age are permitted in this program. Talking, cell phones, and other distractions are not permitted.

Tibetan Singing Bowls Seasonal Concert

Denver yoga instructor and sound healer Chris Anne Coviello and her husband Jason Coviello will be performing together to bring you this experience. The concert will begin with Jason playing his Hang Drum which is a very rare steel drum that is made by only two people in the world. Some say it sounds like a stringed instrument. Jason's Hang Drum is tuned to the note that vibrationally corresponds to the heart chakra and when he plays the drum, he takes you on a heart-opening journey.

Jason and Chris Anne will then begin playing the singing bowls which are tuned to all the different musical notes that correspond to the different chakras, so they will balance the energy in the body. And since we are made up of mostly water, the vibrational effect will be a full body cellular massage.

Tibetan Singing Bowls have been used for thousands of years as instruments of healing.

So come and relax, close your eyes and drift into an altered state which facilitates the body to heal. Make sure you wear comfy clothes and bring a yoga mat or blanket so that you may lie down and let the bells carry away with them all that no longer serves you. As your chakra's re-align, breathe peace and enter the profound state of physical-mental and emotional well-being. Leave as if you were 10 lbs. lighter, because that is exactly what will happen as the pounds of stress, anxiety and fear melt from your system.

 

Price: $18, $15 members

Special Instruction: No children permitted in this program as it is a very quiet concert and any noise is distracting to other participants

Tour - Wildflower Wednesday at York Street

 

Sometimes we need a quiet stroll among the wildflowers—without hours of driving and hiking! Denver Botanic Gardens has hundreds of native wildflowers right here onsite to enjoy. The recent release of the Gardens’ book “Wildflowers of the Rocky Mountains,” authored by the experts of our own Horticulture Department, has renewed interest in knowing and growing our best native plants. On the third Wednesday of every month (April – October) wander with one of these authors through our acres of naturalistic gardens to see which wildflowers are at their peak. Since many bloom at Denver’s elevation before they bloom in the mountains, seeing them here first can help you learn what to look for, where and when.

 

Price: $20, $16 member

Tour and Talk - Mary and Larry Scripter's Wildlife-Friendly Niwot Garden

Tour one of the Front Range's most unique gardens, planted and tended by owners Mary and Larry Scripter and designed by Lauren Springer. This large, naturalistic, four-season garden features a flower-rich stylized meadow and a tree and shrub screening planted with bird-, pollinator- and other wildlife-friendly water-wise plants. The Scripter garden has been featured in Martha Stewart Living and Sunset magazines and photographed by nationally prominent photographers. It is also a designated Audubon Habitat Hero garden. Planting and management of this stunning garden, created by Mary and Lauren over seven years ago, will be discussed in Lauren's talk on site. All participants will leave with a plant list of their "star players".

 

Price: $41, $38 member

 

Lauren Springer has designed plantings at Denver Botanic Gardens, Chatfield Farms, and the Gardens on Spring Creek in Fort Collins where she is on staff. Her books include the award-winning titles The Undaunted Garden, and Plant-Driven Design (coauthored with husband Scott Ogden). Also a propagator, she has introduced numerous plants to the trade and to Plant Select. A pioneer in waterwise landscapes, in creating gardens that evoke natural spaces, and in merging beauty with wildlife function, she has received Audubon Society Habitat Hero designations for four of her design projects.

 

Event Details

Address will be sent via email one week prior to event

Carpooling strongly encouraged

No bathroom facilites available on site

Feel free to bring lawn chairs for seating during the talk

 

 

Tropical Trails Tour

Denver may be blanketed with snow, but the plants in the Boettcher Memorial Tropical Conservatory enjoy a warm climate year-round. Enjoy the lush vegetation, vibrant flowers and warmth of the tropics as you stroll through the Gardens’ tropical collections. This is a one-hour tour led by experienced docents.

 

Price: $14, $12 member, $10 student

 

Special instructions: Tours are indoors. Please bring booking confirmation. Meet guide in the lobby of the Boettcher Memorial Center after entering through the Gardens main entrance.

 

Notes: Prices include admission to the Gardens. Tours with low registration are subject to cancellation.

 

 

Two-Day Seed School with Penn & Cord

Penn and Cord Parmenter and Denver Botanic Gardens team up to offer a two-day Seed School. Delve into the wonderful world of seed saving and all the magic and abundance it provides. Learn how to re-incorporate the ancient practice of seed saving, which is the road to food security and true sustainability. Your garden or farm is already hanging with seed; now let s learn how to bank it.

Extreme climates like Colorado's especially benefit from seed adaptation. Seed remembers, seed learns, and by saving it, you adapt it to your environment.

Course includes: Seed collecting, methods of cleaning, storing, processing wet saves, seed resources, companies, books; seed history, the world seed situation, seed banks, seed libraries, seed vaults, seed catalogs; squash sex, hand pollinating, plant families, selfers and crossers. Learn about seed as easy, intermediate and difficult-to-save. Planning a seed garden and harvesting methods are also covered.

Students handle seed in both wet and dry saves. Handouts and seed samples come with the course.

 

Price: $145, $125 member

Instructors: Penn and Cord Parmenter

Understanding Essential Oils

Essential oils have been around since the Ancient Egyptians, but in the last 20 years, they have become nearly a billion dollar industry. Learn why some plants produce essential oils and how the oils are sourced and produced. Scientifically, the compounds found in essential oils have importance in many areas. Discover some essential oil personal care uses.

 

Instructor: Judy Jehn, RMT

Price: $34, $29 members, includes $5 materials fee

Vinyasa, Violins and Vino

Yoga with a twist. Enjoy vinyasa yoga, live violin music and a picnic! Relax in nature as Blake Burger, certified instructor and Gardens’ horticulturist, leads an hour-long class in the Gardens. Conclude the evening with a bring your own picnic and music performance. BYOB wine and beer is permitted.

 

Instructor: DBG's own horticulturalist and yoga instructor Blake Burger

Musician: Brittany Erickson is a classical violinist living in Denver, Colorado. She has performed chamber music and orchestral works across the country including with the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, The Curtis Institute, and the Harvard University Orchestra. By day, Brittany is an educator who supports school districts to design innovative new schools, and in her spare time, she can be found enjoying the Colorado mountains or tending her vegetable garden with her partner, John.

Price: $18 general public

Special Instructions: Please bring your own yoga mat, water, picnic and a beverage or adult beverage of your choosing. Please be sure to bring valid ID if consuming alcohol.

This is a rain or shine event, both the yoga class and picnic will be held under the clear tent and lights of the amphitheater. Class will begin promptly at 6:30pm, so please arrive early enough to get settled in.

Virginia Woolf and Flowers

“Our Orchard is the very place to sit and talk for hours.” —Virginia Woolf about the Monk’s House garden and orchard

 

Adeline Virginia Woolf (1882-1941) often reflected on plants and flowers in her writings and was greatly inspired by the beautiful garden, with flowers and fruit trees, of the Monk’s House, managed by her husband. Learn about the symbolism in Woolf’s writings and how she used flowers to express her emotions. Demonstrations and individual help guide you toward a finished plate that tells your own story using flowers to express ideas, feelings and emotions.

 

Prerequisite: Botanical Illustration in Watercolor I.

 

Fee: $260 member, $310 non-member.

 

Date(s): Thu, Oct. 17, 24, 31, Nov. 7, 14, 6-9 p.m.

 

Instructor: Laurence Pierson

Water-Smart Gardens: Beautiful and Bountiful Tour

Do you want a garden that is beautiful and requires little water? Or, are you new to the Denver area and want some ideas of plants in our climate and soil? Come join a docent-led tour that explores gardens full of texture and color made up of plants that can thrive in semi-arid climates.

 

Price: $14, $12 member, $10 student

 

Special instructions: Tours are outdoors; dress accordingly for the weather. Water, sunscreen and sunglasses are recommended. Please bring booking confirmation. Meet guide in the lobby of the Boettcher Memorial Center after entering through the Gardens main entrance.

 

Notes: Prices include admission to the Gardens. Tours with low registration are subject to cancellation.

Winged Victory: Insects and Plants in Watercolor

Pollination is the preeminent association between flowering plants and insects. There is, however, many other important plant-insect interactions, both beneficial and harmful. Knowledge of these relationships can help us better comprehend the forces of ecological balance. During this workshop, learn more about both beneficial and harmful relationships between local insects and plants. Learn about insect anatomy and use this knowledge to create an illustration of a combination of a host plant and the insect. Work with watercolor and develop the fine details and texture using a nib with the water media. Your plate will tell an interpretative story from your neighborhood.

Prerequisite: Botanical Illustration in Watercolor I.

Fee: $260 member, $310 non-member

Date(s): Fri, Sep 20, 27, Oct. 4, 18, 25, 3-6 p.m.

Instructor: Alifie Rojas, Mexico

Alifie Rojas is a Mexican illustrator visiting Denver Botanic Gardens to study and illustrate Colorado’s regional insects. She began practicing watercolor techniques in the early 1990s and by 1999, began specializing in scientific illustration. Her work has been presented in individual and collective exhibitions, and has been published in Mexico and the U.S. She also illustrated the book “Medicinal Plants” by Rosita Arvigo.

 

Workshop - Festival of Flowers: Floral Designing and Flower Feast

Spend an enchanting evening at Chatfield Farms celebrating the sensory delights of flowers. Led by the designers from Designs Inspired by You, create a lovely floral centerpiece. Then indulge in a delicious farm dinner featuring your centerpieces as décor. Dinner and floral centerpiece included.

 

Price: $60, $55 member

Instructors: Lisa Weddel, Laura Tonner

 

Special Instructions: This program takes place outdoors at Denver Botanic Gardens' Chatfield Farms loacted at 8500 W Deer Creek Canyon Road, Littleton, CO 80128.

 

Lisa Weddel AIFD PFCI has been in the floral industry for over 30 years. She has been active in all areas of the industry from designer, teacher to owner of several businesses. Lisa has a floriculture degree, is an Iowa Master florist, as well as being an accredited member of the American Institute of Floral Designers organization where she currently holds the position of President of the South-Central Chapter. In addition, Lisa has served on the Board of Trustees of the Professional Floral Communicators International as Chairman. This is an organization under the umbrella of the Society of American Florists.

Past floral accomplishments include designing at the prestigious Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, CA for over 16 parades as a designer as well as a team leader. She designed on the floral team for President George W. Bush's 2005 Presidential Inauguration and will have the honor to design at the Kentucky Derby this coming May.

 

Laura Tonner has enjoyed working in the floral industry for 5 years. Her favorite part has been designing for weddings and events, but she has done just about everything. She has experience is retail, deliveries and the day to day operations of a small flower shop. All of this has led to her latest endeavor as the co-owner of Designs Inspired by You, the first of its kind floral experience studio.

Laura has a floral certificate from a local design school, won an academic scholarship from FAR (Floral Association of the Rockies) and has attended the Rose Parade as a designer two years.

Workshop - Seasonably Chic Floral Design

Arthur Williams, owner of Babylon Floral Design, Inc., demonstrates how to create natural flower support structures to design stunning arrangements. Inspired by autumn, this class combines fresh and dried materials in unexpected ways.

 

Price: $60, $55 member

Instructor: Arthur Williams

 

Arthur Williams AIFD EMC CFD CPF is known for his floral headdresses and the use of natural tension in his work. With a background in gardening, sculpture, and photography, he entered the floral industry in 1996, and opened his own business, Babylon Floral Design, Inc., in 2004. One of the first seven people in Colorado to become a Certified Professional Florist, he is also a Certified Floral Designer at the national level. Arthur was inducted into the American Institute of Floral Designers in 2015 and just completed EMC in 2016. Active with the Floral Association of the Rockies and Ikebana International, Chapter 66, Arthur won the 2010 and 2015 Rocky Mountain Cup, making him Colorado Florist of the Year. The Fashion Group International of Denver gave him top honors in the Floral/Fragrance category of their Rising Star competition in 2013. Arthur has been featured in the 2012/13, 2014/15, 2016/17, and 2018/19 editions of International Floral Art, made the Spring 2013 cover of the French floral art magazine Nacre and is featured in the winter 2016 edition, has been in many Colorado publications, was profiled in the book 50-Mile Bouquet and is currently a contributor for Florist Review Magazine. The Human Flower Project requested his work for its presentation at Denver Botanic Gardens in 2011, where he transformed live models into human flowers. In 2012, downtown Vancouver was home to the NEOflora pop-up boutique, where Arthur joined Hitomi Gilliam AIFD and other floral artists to create a floral art space for one week -- a studio during the day, and a runway at night. Arthur was featured by the Denver Art Museum through its Creative in Residence program in 2015 where he had a month long rotating gallery installation program complete with pop up workshop, interactive performance art and tag along public tours. Most recently Arthur placed Bronze at the World Flower Garden Show at Huis Ten Bosch, Sasebo Japan.

Write Your Story

 

 

Have you ever wanted to write down your life story? Maybe you have a quiet dream of turning journal entries or unwritten memories into a gift you can pass on to your children or grandchildren. Maybe you d love to tell the story of a special friend, a spouse or an influential family member. Each of us has a unique story to tell. The details of our days are the building blocks of great narrative. In this class, we use playful writing activities, coloring and non-competitive group work to help you gently remove any blocks and get your creative juices flowing. We talk about techniques for crafting compelling creative nonfiction and setting realistic writing goals. Leave with tools, support and inspiration to keep writing the stories that matter most. Note: Please bring a journal and pen.

 

Price: $59, $55 member

Instructor:

Christine Bayles Kortsch, PhD, is the writer, designer and photographer behind Tiny Dino Worlds: Create Your Own Prehistoric Habitats (forthcoming with Roost Books, spring 2020). She has published essays on family and gardening in Taproot and 5280 Magazine. You may have read her interview in Voyage Denver or seen her succulent designs in The Denver Post. Christine holds a PhD in English Literature, and she teaches writing at the Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design. Her Ink & Stem Workshops (combining creative writing with succulent and terrarium design) have been named one of the top 38 cool classes for adults by 5280 Magazine. Christine is a gentle and enthusiastic teacher with a deep passion for inspiring people to fight for beauty in their everyday lives.

Special Instructions:

Please bring journal and pen/pencil.

 

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